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>>> Already an accomplished professional
with gigs in her portfolio like dancing,
modeling and performing as a stuntwoman
in a Sunny D TV and internet commercial,
Tally’s love of the art of movement began
at a very early age. “I didn’t want to be
left behind when my seven-year-old sister
Samantha took dance lessons, so when I was
two, I asked my parents to sign me up. But
it wasn’t until I turned two and a half that
I was finally old enough to begin lessons,”
said Tally. She was unstoppable from that
Dance and gymnastics soon became a
routine part of her after-school day, and as
a teen, she spent from 3 to 10 pm every day
in the gym and studio. Her accomplishments
out of the studio, including amateur and pro-
fessional dance, acting, martial arts, stunts
and modeling for film, television and stage
productions, led to her becoming something
of a celebrity in her community.
But Tally’s hard work all came crashing down
two years ago. “I was practicing around
my home on the grass when I landed a full
back layout with 360 spin. I landed too
far forward and felt and heard a snap or
pop. I collapsed to the ground. Right away
I couldn’t walk. I thought, ‘Oh, my God,
my foot’s broken.’ I was only 16 and had
already started my career by teaching dance,
gymnastics, and being a stunt person. I was
devastated,” she recalled.
Tally had a micro tear in the tibialis posterior
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tendon of her right ankle. It was her first
injury. As fate would have it, just a week
later she had a trip booked to Los Angeles to
participate in an intensive dance workshop.
Once she could walk, though still in pain, she
went straight to the studio and took out al-
most everything that involved her right foot.
At the competition, she froze her ankle with
a gel and competed on it. She admitted it
was the worst decision she ever made.
“I then bought the cheap braces you get at
a pharmacy, wore those in LA and just sat
out when my ankle was in too much pain
to handle. Other than that, I was using the
R.I.C.E. technique (Rest, Ice, Compression,
Elevation) as much as possible,” she said.
“The MalleoTrain S was my life saver”
But her ankle wasn’t healing. Tally’s father,
Harley, went online to find a brace that could
support his daughter’s ankle and help it
heal. He discovered the Bauerfeind website
and the MalleoTrain S compression brace. A
local podiatrist confirmed that the support it
provided was just what Tally needed.
“After using the product, I was very happy. It
gave me a lot of relief, and every time it was
on I stopped worrying about re-injuring my
ankle,” said Tally.
It has been two long years since her injury,
but Tally is recovering. Along with wear-
ing the MalleoTrain S, undergoing physio-
therapy and one PRP injection (Platelet Rich
Plasma), her professional days are looking
brighter. She was back into her full training
schedule at the end of July.
“I thought my acrobatic dancing and profes-
sional stunt work career was over,” said Tally.
“The MalleoTrain S* was my life saver be-
cause it provided the ankle support I needed
to continue my extensive training program,
and it allowed my ankle to heal. It fits per-
fectly and worked unlike any other product
I previously tried. I’m looking forward to
returning to my peak performance level, and
I have incredible respect for the MalleoTrain
S for saving my career.”
*Bauerfeind worked with Tally Rodin to produce a neutral-
colored MalleoTrain S especially for her that she could wear
in competition. The company is now further developing this
version for use by athletes who participate in martial arts,
dance and gymnastics.
Tally Rodin, dancer and stunt woman from
MalleoTrain S: Active support for greater ankle stability and security during physical activity.
“It fits perfectly and worked
unlike any other product I